History, Art, Communication, Culture


Royal Historical Society

Funding for small specialised historical conferences

Deadline: various dates throughout the year

These grants are made to conference organizers (of any status) to assist in the financing of small, specialized historical conferences where there is substantial involvement of junior (i.e. postgraduate and immediate postdoctoral) researchers. Awards are provided for conference organisers to subsidise registration fees and travel costs for junior researchers.

Training and conference bursaries

Deadline: various dates throughout the year

These grants are intended to contribute towards travel costs to assist postgraduate students in attending short-term training courses designed to widen and/or enhance skills in historical research, or in attending conferences relevant to a student's research, where the applicant has been asked to give a paper or presentation. Application may also be made for a contribution towards registration fees where these do not include subsistence or accommodation costs.

The society will also consider applications from individuals who have completed doctoral dissertations within the last two years and who are not in full-time employment. Preference will be given to members of the society.

Awards normally range from £75 to £500 with an average of £250



Paul Mellon Centre

Grants and Fellowships

The  Paul Mellon Centre supports research into British Art through a number of Fellowships and Grant Programmes



Economic History Society

Research Fund for Graduate Students

Deadline: 1 February, 1 May, 1 August and 1 November each year

These grants are to assist postgraduate students in UK colleges and universities with travel expenses incurred in undertaking research into any aspect of economic and social history. Grants are normally of up to £500.

Initiatives and Conference Fund

Deadline: 1 February, 1 May, 1 August and 1 November each year

A fund to encourage otherwise unfunded workshops, special meetings and other interesting initiatives in economic and social history. Grants are for up to £2,000 (£1,000 for a one day workshop)



Institute of Historical Research (IHR)

Scouloudi historical awards

Annual Deadline: March

These awards are intended to

  • serve as a subsidy towards the cost of publishing a scholarly book or article, or an issue of a learned journal in the field of history or
  • to pay for research, and other expenses, to be incurred in the completion of advanced historical work, which the applicant intends subsequently to publish. This does not included expenses incurred in the preparation of a thesis for a higher degree.

Awards are not available to those registered for undergraduate or postgraduate courses or degrees.



British School at Rome fellowships

Humanities Awards

Deadline: Annual

The BSR offers residential awards in the humanities for research in the archaeology, history, art history, society and culture of Italy from prehistory to the present.



Marc Fitch Fund


The Marc Fitch Fund offers grants, loans and guarantees to individuals and organisations for research and publication in the fields of archaeology, historical geography, history of art and architecture, heraldry and genealogy, surnames, catalogues of and use of archives (especially ecclesiastical), conservation of artefacts, and other antiquarian, archaeological or historical studies.

What is not funded

Grants are not awarded for foreign travel or for research outside the UK unless the circumstances are very exceptional. Awards are not made in connection with vocational or higher education courses and assistance cannot be given to those reading for full-time higher degrees.

The deadlines for receipt of completed applications and references are 1 March and 1 August.



British Academy

Ancient Persia Fund

Annual Deadline: 15 April

This fund was established to encourage and support the study of Iranian or Central Asian studies in the pre-Islamic period. Grants are offered towards travel costs. Preference will be given to scholars doing archaeological research or engaged in an archaeological project. Postdoctoral scholars of any nationality are eligible to apply. In general, awards do not exceed £500. Grants are tenable for 12 months.

Elie Kedourie Memorial Fund

Deadline: 15 April

This fund is there to promote the study of Middle Eastern and modern European history, and the history of political thought by recent postdoctoral scholars of any nationality. Awards are offered to support any aspect of research, including travel and publication. In general, awards do not exceed £1,000.



Huntington Library


Deadline: Annual - usually December

The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine.

The Library collections range chronologically from the ninth century to the present and include 600,000 photographs, a half-million rare books, nearly five million manuscripts, and a large ephemera collection, supported by a half-million reference works. Within the general fields listed above there are many areas of special strength, including: Middle Ages, Renaissance, nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, history of science, British drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California.

The Art Collections contain notable British and American paintings, fine prints, photographs, and an art reference library. In the library of the Botanical Gardens is a broad collection of reference works in botany, horticulture, and gardening.

Annually, the Library awards over 100 fellowships. These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at the Huntington (some of them are very short) and to participate in and make a contribution to its intellectual life.

Within this fellowship category, the Huntington awards a number of specialized fellowships, including:

  • the Francis Bacon Foundation fellowships in Renaissance England;
  • the Evelyn S Nation fellowship in the history of medicine;
  • the Monsignor Francis J Weber research fellowship in Roman Catholic history;
  • the Trent R Dames civil engineering history fellowship;
  • the Haynes Foundation fellowships in Los Angeles region history



Pilgrim Trust

Art and learning grants

Deadline: None

The Pilgrim Trust is Arts and Learning grants support scholarship, academic research, cataloguing and conservation within museums, galleries, libraries and archives. Grants are made to UK charitable or public organisations applying for charitable purposes. Small grants of up to £5,000 and large grants averaging approximately £20,000 are available.

NB Need to look carefully at the exclusions



Arts Council

Grants for the Arts

No deadline

Grants for the arts are for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. They are for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. Grants for the arts is funded by the National Lottery.



Culture 2007

The Culture Programme has been established to enhance the cultural area shared by Europeans, which is based on a common cultural heritage, through the development of cooperation activities among cultural operators from eligible countries, with a view to encouraging the emergence of European citizenship.

The Programme is aimed at three specific objectives:

  • promotion of the trans-national mobility of people working in the cultural sector,
  • support for the trans-national circulation of cultural and artistic works and products,
  • promotion of inter-cultural dialogue.

The Programme has a flexible, interdisciplinary approach and is focussed on the needs expressed by cultural operators during the public consultations leading up to its design.

The detailed conditions for application can be found in the Culture Programme Guide on the following websites:

Directorate-General for Education and Culture

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency



Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Academy Film Scholars Program

Deadline: Annual - usually October

Two awards of $25,000 are available annually to support innovative and significant works of film scholarship about aesthetic, cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures. Applicants should be established scholars, writers, historians and researchers with a significant record of achievement.

Applicants must propose a new work of film scholarship encompassing some aspect of theatrical motion picture art, science, commerce, history or theory. Works solely exploring television, video or other media arts themes are not eligible.



German Historical Institute 


Annual Deadline: 30 Sept for following year

The German Historical Institute London awards research scholarships to British postgraduates for research visits to Germany. The awards generally last up to six months. Applicants will normally be expected to have completed one year's postgraduate research, and be studying German history or Anglo-German relations.



Camargo Foundation 


Deadline: January 12 for the following academic year

These fellowships are designed to enable scholars to carry out projects in the humanities and social sciences related to French and Francophone cultures, as well as creative projects by visual artists, photographers, video artists, filmmakers, media artists, composers and writers. These are residential fellowships at the foundation's study center in Cassis, France. Research for scholarly projects should be at an advanced stage and not require resources unavailable in the Marseilles-Cassis-Aix region. The foundation offers the use of accommodation, a reference library, a darkroom, an artist's studio and a music composition studio. Residential fellowships are for one semester and are accompanied by a $3,500 stipend



Lilly Library of Indiana University

Mendel Fellowships

Deadline: April 15 and October 15, annually

The Lilly Library awards fellowships of up to $40,000 during the academic year in support of research in the library's Bernardo Mendel collections

These fellowships support research by scholars from around the world in areas such as the history of the Spanish Colonial Empire; Latin American independence movements; European expansion in the Americas; voyages, travels and exploration; geography, navigation and cartography; German literature and history; and music, including sheet music.

The amount of the stipend is based on the length of stay, which may range from one week to a full academic year. The fellowship is intended to cover travel to the Lilly Library and living expenses while in residence.


Everett Helm Visiting Fellowships

Deadline: April 15 and October 15, annually

This programme supports research and provides access to the collections of the library for scholars residing outside the Bloomington area. Project proposals should demonstrate that the library's resources are integral to proposed research topics.

The Library's holdings include: British, French, and American literature and history; the literature of voyages and exploration, specifically the European expansion in the Americas; early printing, and the Church, children's literature, music; film, radio and television; medicine, science, and architecture; and food and drink.

An award of $1,500 is provided in support of travel, living, and/or research expenses. Awards must be used within one year of the award date and recipients must reside in Bloomington during the period of their awards.

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